55,000 left without power this morning after Storm Eleanor wreaks havoc overnight

55,000 left without power this morning after Storm Eleanor wreaks havoc overnight

STORM ELEANOR has left an estimated 55,000 homes and businesses are without power this morning after high winds of up to 155km/h and coastal flooding caused chaos across the country.

The areas worst affected include parts of counties Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan.

Met Eireann has issued a warning this morning that dangerous conditions and more coastal flooding is likely.

ESB Networks suggests there may be further damage to the electricity network in north Leinster after the storm tracked eastwards overnight.

Much of the worst damage is in Galway where several homes and businesses in the city centre were under water last night leaving homes and businesses under water and drivers stranded.

The coast road from the city to Oranmore was also impassable at rush hour as high tide combined with the strong winds to cause local flooding.

High tide has passed in Galway city with no repeat of last night's flooding. The tide did not inundate parts of the city that were badly affected last night.

Emergency personnel from the local authority remained on duty in the city and there are still some road closures in Salthill.

The areas hit hardest by flooding during high tide were Galway, Limerick and Cork.

In Northern Ireland about 21,000 customers, mainly across the border counties, were left without electricity supplies for the night.

NI Electricity said the number of reported power outages would increase by this morning.

A Status Orange weather warning remains in operation across nine counties until 2pm.

The counties include Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick.